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. the question is, who? the president met with senate majority leader harry reid before going to hawaii and his offer was to extend the tax cuts for incomes under $250,000, extend unemployment insurance benefits, and the lady across -- and then delay the across the board automatic cuts that are supposed to start january 1. that seems to be a non starter with republicans. it's hard to see where we go from here. host: have they been talking over the christmas break at all? also, one has been the role of -- what has been the role of senator mitch mcconnell? guest: the line that comes from the speakers office all the time is the line of communication remain open. i don't know how much talking they did as the president was in hawaii spending time with his family and the speaker was back home in ohio, i believe. i don't know that for sure. everyone was doing their family time and not really working that significantly on something. i think there was probably some minimal conversation, but not a lot. as for the senate minority leader mitch mcconnell, i think that is a good one. a lot has been made in
is cutting short his vacation to hawaii. he is returning to deal with economic matters, the fiscal cliff. if his death has been quietly talking with senate democrats are the christmas holiday to come up with a planned to avert or prevent the cliff. in the meantime, the senate does plan a session tomorrow. perhaps we will hear more about an agreement before the new year's deadline. the house is due tomorrow as well. we do not have an agenda and there. with the fiscal cliffhanging out there heading into the year 2013, do you have optimism or pessimism heading into the new ? you can also send in your comment via twitter, a post a comment on facebook, or write us an e-mail. the theme of optimism or lack of it is prevalent in the papers. wednesday with congress and the president heading back to washington. here is a headline on "usa today." in the wall street journal -- if the in "the washington post." we welcome your phone calls. we will get to them in a moment. we did find another piece at politico. there you have it in the papers this morning about people being optimistic or pessimistic ab
, it pushes someone else further down. host: hawaii. tell us about your situation, gino. caller: i have been on unemployed. -- on unemployment. host: do you mind same with your party affiliation is? caller: i am a democrat. host: what happens with your benefits after the end of the year if the -- we go over the fiscal cliff? caller: i do not really know. i just found out about it host: tell us about gino's situation. are there a lot of folks that do not know what is coming not? guest: a lot of these people do not know. a lot of these talks are in obscure details, and society operates on headlines. when neither did this leave when we look at this $30 billion, -- when we look at this $30 billion, it is nothing like the 1.6 trillion debt that the president is looking for in tax increases. who knows what will happen to the economy over that time. it is possible we pass the fiscal cliff with a good deal, and folks like goldman sachs and lloyd blankfein say the economy will takeoff, and if that is the case people will leave benefits because they have a job. host: if this is not addressed in the fi
counterparts there. just yesterday in my headquarters, the deputy chief of the p.l.a. navy was in hawaii in my headquarters receiving briefings on the future activities that our navys will do together, looking and talking through the issues of the rim of the pacific exercise of which you mentioned that will happen in 2014. we have a growing ability to have a tie log at the military level that's frank and open, and we do that through consulted talks we do on a periodic basis, and then we build a calendar of events on areas we think will have the most opportunity to have success working together. we build that calendar of events, and so far, we're having a very good record on meeting those objectives and actually completing them. right now i believe there's, in this time frame, i don't know exactly, but there's an exercise that we are doing in a bilateral way between the u.s. military and pay con and with the p.l.a. so, i just sent let the record show to my counterparts congratulating them on their promotions and hoping that we continue to have a good and open dialogue. because in the end, we ha
are the most union heavy. the biggest ones are new york, alaska, hawaii, and washington. michigan comes right in behind washington. which is why "the wall street journal" goes with the headline that this is a blow in a particularly union dominated state. looking at some other news, this one out of the south, for "the new york times," "the gop control in north carolina, with a republican controlled legislature, long a politically moderate player will soon have its most conservative government in a century." a couple of stories in the news, looking back at what happened during the road to the white house, the campaign for the white house and others around the country. $10.6 million spent. the largest corporate donor of the 2012 elections, the company remains shrouded in mystery weeks after the election. the company donated $10.5 million to 80 party affiliated superpac, and overall 150 people, businesses, and unions, contributed $1 million or more, totaling $518 million according to the analysis from "usa today." doing a post-mortem, the mitt romney television strategy comes under fire. televisi
---- a newspaper in hawaii -- there you can see some video from that funeral service. the new york times reports this morning about the funeral service -- mr. dole was using his wheelchair -- should congress raise the minimum wage? in tennessee, democratic caller. caller: hi./ the people who complain about raising the minimum wage are the same people who complain about how there are more people on food stamps and government assistance and complain about them being in the 47%. you cannot have it both ways. host: dwight in columbus, ohio, independent caller. caller: thanks for taking my call. host: we are listening. caller: i want to praise you for reading. we live in a country where literacy rates are on the trajectory downwards. what the caller said before, if you don't want people tos suck off the rest of the economy, you should raise wages and living wage. if you look at a party rates in america, we are constantly coming to a situation [indiscernible]. this is the reality we are living in. one last thing, if you or to preclude congress members from their wages, and we would not have a fiscal c
inouye, and that service will take place in hawaii and it has created a challenge for us as it relates to the schedule. we understand that this is a difficult, difficult time. we need to work together to put in place pro-growth and economic policies. i think, as i said in my opening remarks, there is a bipartisan way to do that. commend the president for his proposal to lower the corporate tax rate. real tax reform -- this can be done in a bipartisan way. real entitlement reform does not hurt our fellow americans. that is something that can be done in a responsible way. i will simply say that this is not a perfect process, but it is the end of the session -- the process is going on right now to deal with a tough situation. we do not want afro-americans to be hurting, especially at this time of year -- we do not want our fellow americans to be hurting, especially at this time of year. i think we can see an agreement which will work to ensure that does not take place. mr. speaker, i urge my colleagues to support the rule, support the andrews -- underline legislation, both taxes and the e
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